About

The primary purpose of this blog is help entrepreneurs discover small business ideas and self employment opportunities that are suited to their interests, talents, financial resources, and market conditions.

Since marketing is such a crucial aspect of business success, I also plan on devoting a lot of attention to small business marketing strategies, lead generation tactics, and salesmanship.

Writing Services

I have an extensive background in several aspects of marketing and communications, including a 33 years of experience in public relations, journalism, business proposal writing, and article writing. I’ve also gained nearly two decades of experience in Internet marketing, SEO, web content writing, and blogging.Right now, I’m developing my own websites, including the one you’re now reading, and providing business owners and entrepreneurs with high quality articles, blog posts, and engaging content for their websites.

Contact me me if you’re looking for professionally written, search engine-friendly content for your website or business blog.

Marketing Tools and Business Guides

I also have affiliate relationships with a number of websites, online publishers, and email marketing services that cater to the needs of self employed entrepreneurs and small business owners.

One of the marketing tools I feature on this blog is Proposal Kit, a set of templates, business contracts, service agreements, sample business proposals, and proposal writing software that can be used guide you through the proposal writing process. As a former proposal writer, I know how challenging it can be to write and assemble a superior proposal that will make your prospective clients sit up and take notice. Having the documents, proposal examples, and templates right on your computer can streamline the process and help you create a successful proposal or RFP response.  For more information about the business advantages of using proposal software*, check out the article: It’s All About Trust.

If you’d like to download a step-by-step guide to starting a specific business, I’ve posted links to 25 small business startup guides* at my website Marketing Survival Kit. The  guides to starting a business that I’ve listed on this web page include a number of popular business startup ideas, such as the following ones:

  1. Office cleaning business (Janitorial services)
  2. Handyman business
  3. Roof replacement and/or roof cleaning business
  4. Pest control services
  5. Vending machine business
  6. Gift basked business
  7. T-shirt company
  8. Event planning services
  9. Party rental business
  10. Transcription services
  11. Professional organizing services
  12. Medical transportation
  13. Lawn care services
  14. Farming, ranching, and aquaculture
  15. Kindle book publishing
  16. Importing/exporting
  17. Window tinting
  18. Flea market business
  19. Record label business
  20. Photo booth rental business
  21. Computer repair
  22. Freight broker business
  23. Bail bond business
  24. Bar business/billiards hall
  25. Food businesses: fruit bouquets, candy bouquets, Italian ices, cupcakes,  kettle corn

By the way, if you’re a real estate agent or considering getting into the real estate business, I’ve created a separate blog devoted exclusively to real estate marketing strategies, sales letter templates, real estate flyer templates, email marketing tactics, and direct mail marketing tips for those in the real estate profession.

Contact me if you any questions about this blog, my blogging and content development services, or the informational products and marketing tools that I offer through Marketing Survival Kit and this website.

Wishing you the best of luck and success in all your entrepreneurial pursuits!

–Joel
Business blogger, freelance writer, marketing strategist

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*Disclaimer: This blog features links and references to digital products, small business marketing services, templates for service business owners, and various websites for which I am a compensated affiliate. While it’s not practical for me to endorse all products and services featured in this blog, I will continually strive to offer products, services, marketing tools, and information that help small business owners and entrepreneurs reach their goals and achieve a greater measure of success.